Tucson Water director aims to tighten the valve on water wastage

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Tucson, USA — (METERING.COM) — July 10, 2006 – Definitive measures, including replacement of ageing meters, to curb water losses in Tucson, Arizona are to be presented soon by Tucson Water director David Modeer. Water losses currently cost the utility $860,000, and Modeer plans to reduce the losses from 10 percent to 7 percent.

This action comes in the wake of criticism from council member Steve Leal, who says: “He says he’s going to hire three water cops, and that’s all well and good, but the real conservation comes from shrinking your loss from 10 to 7 percent”.

The city’s water losses, although on a par with the national average of 10 percent, are regarded as too high for a desert region and should be lower.

The main sources of the losses are ageing meters and leaks. Of the city’s 220,000 water meters almost 50,000 are more than 20 years old and their accuracy is likely to be reduced. Since September 2004 17,000 old meters have been replaced, and $6 million is to be spent on further replacements over the next five years.

Tucson Water dealt with 220 water leaks in its 6,400 km pipeline network in 2005 and believe that most of the leaks are found.